On Election Day, the Daily News comes out with an endorsement: the paper supports the city’s plan to redevelop Willets Point.
From the editorial:
“The Council needs to get past distractions like the eminent domain red herring, and residual bitterness over term limits and vote for the Willets Point plan on the merits. And the merits make a yes vote mandatory.”
The Post has signaled its support before, and Crain’s pushed the plan in this week’s paper.
The Bloomberg administration yesterday announced two more deals with the private landowners, bringing the total number of deals struck up to 10, and the city boasts (as did the News editorial) that it now controls 40 percent of the land in the 61-acre swath of Queens.
However, this is quite a misleading statistic as it includes about 10 acres of city streets, and the reality suggests that the city still has a ways to go. Of private property, the city controls about 22 percent of the land, and has yet to cut deals with more than 60 landowners.
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